One supposed to be sunny day, I headed to my version of a country club. I pay an annual fee and get acces to a 100,000 acre tree farm. The logging roads that scar the area give me access to water that nobody else visits. Well, I rarely see anyone else. The road ends, there is no cell phone reception and the maps are often outdated with roads washed out unexpectedly. However, with the current high flows, one can often hear the water from the road. You just have to get through what is left of the forest. Step one is to find the edge of the forest.The next step is to try and find small trails through these ferns and downed trees.
When you make it through the ferns and forest you might arrive at a spot that looks perfect for anglers. I arrived sweating, tired, not very hopeful. However, a few casts later and I told Lando that it was all worth it.
As the rivers continue to drop, this place will simply get better and better. My go to fly is a #10 yellow stimulator. I may tie some tomorrow morning and hit this spot again!
OK, so Driftless isn’t a town, so here is a short description of what it actually is. Arriving to the area after a 4 hour drive with little sleep, and traveling across a few time zones always seems like the best way to start a vacation.
There was lots of corn.
We were both very excited to see that access is not a problem in this remote area of Wisconsin.
The only best fly shop in Viroqua was staffed by what you would expect, a young, enthusiastic, eager to help, guy you would want to fish with
Sorted with a map, more flies than we would need for a week, and a new hat, we took off.The first thing that I noticed was the fact that anglers were encouraged to use the farmers land to access the water.The next thing was how fishy everything looked. The fish were right where they should be and they required a near perfect drift over some shallow, clear water, in order to be rewarded.We were able to fool them on homemade CDC elk hair caddis flies as well as store bought beetles, ants, and bead head squirrel.
Fishing the Driftless was fantastic for many reasons. Spring creeks were everywhere. The last picture above shows how close the farm the creek runs. I pulled my biggest fish out of what we called the “”Tractor Hole”. Access is easy, and crowds…don’t exist.
Once the festivities commenced at Waterbrook Winery, we had a blast. We practiced casting, we ate good food, and we had amazing wine. We were lucky to escape with only half a case of wine at the end of the day!